Trump to announce new Iran strategy next week

US President Donald Trump is set to withdraw his endorsement of the nuclear deal his predecessor, Barack Obama, negotiated.

Saying the deal does not in America’s national security interests, Mr Trump will reportedly release a new strategy for dealing with Iran.

“He’s looking at all of the bad behaviour of Iran, not just the nuclear deal,” said White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, discussing the new strategy.

“The ballistic missile testing, destabilising of the region, number state sponsor of terrorism, cyber-attacks, illicit nuclear program, he wants to look for a broad strategy that addresses all of those problems.”

On Thursday, prior to a meeting with senior military officials Mr Trump told reporters that Iran “have not lived up to the spirit of their agreement”.

“The Iranian regime supports terrorism and exports violence, bloodshed and chaos across the Middle East,” he said.

“That is why we must put an end to Iran’s continued aggression and nuclear ambitions.”

As response to Iran’s ballistic missile program the US State Department approved the possible sale of a THAAD anti-missile defense system to Saudi Arabia.

The estimated $15 billion deal would see Saudi Arabia purchasing 44 Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) launchers and 360 missiles, fire control stations and radars.

“This sale furthers U.S. national security and foreign policy interests, and supports the long-term security of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region in the face of Iranian and other regional threats,” said the Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation agency.

Saudi Arabia and the US are among the chief critics of Iran’s ballistic missile and nuclear programs, seeing them as a regional threat.

Iran views these programs as necessary to secure themselves against the US and other regional threats, such as Israel.

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